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Evaluating the use of Social Impact Assessment in the context of agricultural development projects in Iran

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Ahmadvand, M and Karami, E and Zamani, GH and Vanclay, FM, Evaluating the use of Social Impact Assessment in the context of agricultural development projects in Iran, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 29, (6) pp. 399-407. ISSN 0195-9255 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2009.03.002

Abstract

The utilisation of Social Impact Assessment (SIA) in Iran is analysed in terms of its policy context and its application in practice. Five case studies where SIA was employed in conjunction with Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for agricultural development projects are evaluated. In addition, the performance of the policy context is assessed. This research revealed that there are legal and institutional constraints to the effective functioning of SIA in Iran, and that there are deficiencies in the operating guidelines. There were serious problems associated with the way SIA was undertaken in all five case studies. Recommendations to improve the policy framework for the conduct of SIA are made. The recommendations advocate for a higher profile of SIA within legislation, for social issues to have greater emphasis in official guidelines for the conduct of EIA and SIA, and for a range of measures to increase the professionalism of SIA practice. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Natural Resource Management
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Land and Water Management
Objective Field:Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
Author:Vanclay, FM (Professor Francis Vanclay)
ID Code:59331
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2009-11-27
Last Modified:2012-03-05
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